Qbical Music Productions

Mastering Engineer

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High quality mastering service for electronic music.

Since 2006 I, Raymond van Baal, have been working as a mix and mastering engineer mainly focussing on electronic dance music while at the same time working as a producer and DJ in the same field.
Working out of my studio in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, I use my experience build up over the years to help people like you out with affordable mastering, mixing, or just free advice. Working in the digital domain allows me to work fast and efficiently, resulting in speedy delivery and high-quality end products!

To see a video about my services and the way I work, check here: https://youtu.be/jV5c7utd-8A

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I can deliver fast, high quality, and affordable masters using state-of-the-art digital studio technology that will deliver on CD, Vinyl, or digital download.

Mixing
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Have your tracks properly mixed, ensuring the biggest sonic and emotional impact on listening? This works great when combining it with my mastering service, as a special deal to sound better users mastering is free when having your tracks mixed by me!

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

108 Reviews - 34 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Junior G.
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    Qbicle, thank you for an outstand job on mastering my track. Working with you was stress free. After watching your Youtube video explaining the process from beginning to end, I felt comfortable choosing you as my mastering engineer. Thank you.

  2. Review by Michael
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    Really enjoyed the collaboration : ) Response time was fantastic as well as the delivery. Look forward to working again on the next project very soon!

  3. Review by Eric A.
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    Raymond was great to work with as always! I asked for new masters since I edited my mixes a couple of times but he delivered without problem every single time :)

  4. Review by Andy I.
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    Raymond is always fast and professional with his turnaround. I like to use him every time I use Soundbetter.

  5. Review by Charles C.
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    Qbical delivered exceptional clarity and depth, elevating the project's sound to professional heights. Their meticulous attention to detail ensured a polished, industry-standard final product.

  6. Review by Michael F.
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    Raymond was amazing to work with and provided a fantastic master, thanks so much!

  7. Review by Andy I.
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    Raymond has worked on my music multiple times now and he’s my go-to guy for mastering. Great work as always!

  8. Review by Joss M.
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    Very happy with the service in general and gave my track a nice bit of polish at a very cost effective price.. Will be using again 😺

    Five out of five unicorns 🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄

  9. Review by Andy I.
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    Raymond is always a pleasure to work with. His turnaround time is fast and I've rarely ever had to ask for changes. Thanks again!

  10. Review by Eric A.
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    10/10 experience working with Raymond. Top quality and fast turnaround time. Highly recommend!

  11. Review by Michael F.
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    Great work and very responsive, highly recommended!

  12. Review by James G.
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    Great mastering engineer, Very fast! He got the job done in no time. Would recommend 100%.

  13. Review by Hahn J.
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    As always, Raymond provides a well-balanced and polished master. I find myself always coming back. Please do use his service!

  14. Review by The Abound
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    Raymond is always a pleasure to work with and is incredible at what he does. Every time I have a new project I know that that last part of the process (his mastering) is going to take it to the next level. His experience and knowledge are invaluable, and anyone who's looking for mastering, I can't recommend Raymond enough!

  15. Review by The Abound
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    Raymond's attention to detail & expertise is just amazing. Since the first time working together, I've worked with him on every single song of mine. The communication is both responsive and open, and his feedback is invaluable. If you're looking for an extremely talented and meticulous mastering engineer, and someone who's an absolute pleasure to work with, that's exactly what you'll get!

  16. Review by Naim B.
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    Excellent to work with, balanced the song as needed. Thanks a lot!

  17. Review by The Abound
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    I couldn't be happier with the results! Raymond is incredibly professional, communicative, and knowledgeable. He listens closely to the desired result, and worked tirelessly to achieve a final product that exceeded my expectations.I highly recommend Raymond to anyone looking for top-quality mastering services.

  18. Review by The Abound
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    As always, Raymond did an amazing job and I can't recommend him enough. The great communication, and the detail & thoroughness of his work is incredible and I continue to keep coming back for all my masters for those exact reasons (and more!)

  19. Review by Motives
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    Super satisfied working with Raymond. He was respectful, timely, and delivered a high quality master on V1. Looking forward to working with him again.

  20. Review by Andy Immerman
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    Always love working with Raymond. He's mastered a few of my tracks now and is quick and accurate every time. If you need someone who can professionally master your work and do it quickly he's your man.

Interview with Qbical Music Productions

  1. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  2. A: What's the story or feeling you want to tell with the song. Is there a specific sound you're after. Those kinds of things really.

  3. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  4. A: It's always helpful to have a clear idea on what you want to get out of a mix or mastering session.

  5. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  6. A: I've been working professionally in the music business since 2006 releasing music under my artist name "Qbical". Since getting my degree in Music Technology in 2009 I've been working as a mastering and mix engineer.

  7. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  8. A: Watch your levels. In these modern days of DAW's everything is always turned up to the max which leads to distortion and less transparant results most of the time. Try using a gain meter on your individual tracks and keep your level at around -18dBFS by using a gain trim. It'll give you so much more headroom and clarity in your mixes!

  9. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  10. A: Electronic Music, all electronic music. But coming from a Rock and Punk background I don't mind a band project from time to time :)

  11. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  12. A: My goal is to emphasize the intended feeling or emotion of a given song.

  13. Q: What's your typical work process?

  14. A: Pretty straightforward actually, a client submits his song as a wav file or archive of wav files when mixing along with a description of the intended result in terms of sound. Always great to include some info on inspiration and things like that it will help me translate the story better in the mix or master. After I did my part I send the finished product back for review. If in any case there is a revision to be made the process repeats itself.

  15. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  16. A: I have a small but feature packed little project studio build around an iMac with a Apollo Twin. Mastering and mixing work features a lot of UAD stuff along with products from FabFilter and some 'secret sauce' processing. In my production work I love to use my analog synths, being a huge Dave Smith fan I own a Mopho Key's and a Tetra. I also use a small MFB Little Synth for the more dirty sounding synth work. For recording I own a couple of capable but not very special microphones that get the job done. For more elaborate recording I book another studio here in the area.

  17. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  18. A: Music needs to trigger me on a certain emotional level to really inspire me. Artist that do this are for example the Chemical Brothers. Love how they use electronic gear to insert so much soul and emotion into their music.

  19. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  20. A: It's always about finding the best way to get the most out of the recording. This could be mastering, a proper mix of the song or just giving pointers on how to improve the song by going in a different direction in terms of arrangement or sound selection.

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    I mastered this release for the MNL label. A great release by Frezel including a remix by Michael A. Check it out on beatport!

  • Alice Rose - Servant EPJul 28, 2015

    Alice Rose's new EP was released on Manual Music today. I mastered the Ruede Hagelstein remix, you can check that out here : https://pro.beatport.com/release/servant/1569688